Articles by Gary Hayes

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For kids that have never seen the ocean, what places should we visit?

The Oregon Coast is 363 miles of family friendly, but there are some great stops known for being kid-rrific. The town of Seaside is one of Oregon’s first beach resort towns and it is still known as one of the best family destinations in the…

July 12th, 2017- Post Your Answer
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What places on the Central and South Coast are wheelchair accessible?

Many of the top attractions and viewpoints on the Oregon Coast are wheelchair accessible. Here is a list of some of my favorite Central and South Coast areas that offer wheelchair accessibility: Depoe Bay Whale Watch Center: This is a facility…

June 1st, 2017- Post Your Answer
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What’s the best time to see sea lion pups?

May and June is typically the birthing and pupping time for Steller sea lions. During this time, the sea lions usually seek offshore rocks, islands and reefs like those at Cape Arago and are less likely to be inside the Sea Lion Caves. You might see…

April 20th, 2017- Post Your Answer
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Get Inspired on the Port Orford to Bandon Art Trail

April 5th, 2017

Inside Hawthorne Gallery in Port Orford, you could easily forget you’re in a small Oregon Coast town mostly known for…

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Where would you recommend to stay: Lincoln City or Pacific City?

If you want a more scenic coastal setting, choose Pacific City. If you want more tourism attractions and hospitality…

March 21st, 2017- Post Your Answer
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Where should we stay for a romantic coastal getaway?

On the North Oregon Coast, Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach is one of the coast’s most luxurious lodging options.…

February 3rd, 2017- Post Your Answer
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Wild Rivers Coast Ale & Spirits Trail

January 9th, 2017

For visitors who enjoy sampling local ales, wines and spirits when they travel, the Wild Rivers Coast offers several…

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Is it possible to hike the entire Oregon Coast?

You can hike the entire length of the Oregon Coast, but it is not reasonably possible to plan on staying in towns with…

January 6th, 2017- Post Your Answer
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Coming from California with three days to travel, how much of the Coast can I see?

With three days on the Oregon Coast, I would suggest spending a good portion of your first day between Brookings and…

December 21st, 2016- Post Your Answer
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What are the less-traveled agate beaches around Port Orford and Cape Blanco?

The beaches between Port Orford and Cape Blanco are, in general, less traveled relative to many other Oregon Coast…

December 5th, 2016- Post Your Answer
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About Author Gary Hayes

Gary Hayes is publisher of Coast Explorer Magazine and founder of Explorer Media Group, a travel media and marketing company based in Seaside. Gary is a native Oregonian whose earliest memories include working on his grandfather’s fishing boat on the Oregon Coast. Now living in Cannon Beach, Gary is an extensively published photographer and writer focusing on the Oregon Coast and the Northwest's food and wine culture. He also serves as Executive Director of the SavorNW Wine Awards.

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